International Studies (ISCP)
St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School is proud to announce the opportunity for students to earn a certificate in International Studies. The certificate will be awarded at graduation upon completion of a designed course of study, involvement in specific school clubs, service learning, and field study. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 up to graduation. The program will conclude with the development and presentation of a Capstone project. The program began in the Spring of 2015 and will confer the first certificates in May 2016. Application to this program is limited to Juniors and is due in September.
SPSV Required Courses that Support ICSP:
- World History (10 credits)
- World Language (20 credits)
- World Religion (5 credits)
- World Classics (5 credits)
- Social Justice (5 credits)
- Economics (5 credits)
Elective Courses (Choose 20 credits):
- AP World History (10 credits)
- AP US History / Economics (10 credits)
- World Languages (15 credits)
- Ethnic Studies (5 credits)
- Marketing: (5 credits)
- Principles of Business: (5 credits)
Five hours of direct service working with immigrant / ethnic communities or participating in one of SPSV immersion trips. Other options for service hours can be discussed with the student advisor.
Participation for 2 years in one of the following clubs:
Independent weekend trips to local ethnic communities and local Universities. Field study will require prior approval. Involvement in SPSV international travel programs can also be used for this category.
Six classes that will meet by agreement between teachers and students.
Research or design project that reflects what was learned in the program. The project will be decided cooperatively with the student advisor and will be presented to the International Studies committee before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2016.
International Course Offerings
Beginning with a review of basic reading comprehension strategies and skills, such as scanning and skimming, students are introduced to searching for more complex, inferential layers of meaning. They will learn to evaluate sources to predict information in the reading, identify basic stylistic devices and develop a sensibility to the author’s tone.
Using activities and prompts from the text, students learn how to summarize and synthesize information from up to three different sources. They work on expanding their scholarly vocabulary and incorporating it in their speech. Writing skills are developed to a level sufficient to produce coherent multi-paragraph answers to writing prompts with minimum support as well as to produce basic essays with support. Teachers expect the students to express opinions on the subjects and select evidence to support them as they work toward constructing logical arguments.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SPSV International program, Placement test. (Required)8655 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II
In level 2 of Language and Culture, student’s master pre-reading and active reading skills and strategies, with teachers empowering them to work independently with high school and first year college-level academic texts. Students learn to identify the author’s rhetorical purpose and the structural and stylistic devices the author uses to achieve it. Each chapter presents three readings that discuss an engaging academic realm from various perspectives.
The readings vary significantly in terms of content and language: from the role of social media during the Arab Spring to an interview with Leo Tolstoy recorded on film; from a personal essay about home to a scientific study on the human brain. Course assignments require students to synthesize information from multiple sources and evaluate overall context for better understanding. The assignments require students to be open to alternative viewpoints as they shape their own spoken and written arguments. Ultimately, the students work toward an understanding of writing conventions and styles and can write to narrate, describe, explain or persuade. Each unit is designed to provide topics of interest so that students can improve English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SPSV International program, Placement test. (Required).8660 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE III
Upon completion of this course, the students’ English language skills advance to the degree that they are able to confidently express themselves in social and scholastic settings. The reading selections offer a wide array of genres and forms and the topics are subjective or controversial. Students understand the literal meaning by using critical thinking and reading strategies and make inferences based on the text and critically evaluate information.
Students complete independent research, define their own position on a given topic and, upon careful consideration of all viewpoints, construct an effective argument and identify appropriate means to communicate their message effectively. The course also teaches students to adjust their speaking and writing to the needs of the audience and rhetorical purpose. Each unit is designed to provide topics of interest so that the students can develop English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SPSV International program, Placement test. (Required).COLLEGE ADVANCE
College Advance is an option available to international students who have demonstrated higher levels of proficiency in English. Returning juniors and seniors with a high level of English proficiency are selected to participate in this innovative program, which is presented in a flipped format. This series of two unique courses emphasizes listening comprehension, critical reading and writing skills with a focus on the college admissions process and future academic success.
Students access reading and video course content online, study it on their own schedule and later meet with the course instructor online, to discuss the material. The flipped learning model enables students to take full advantage of the other course offerings and extra-curricular activities at their school.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SPSV International program. Open to Juniors and Seniors only.
*UC approval pending8665 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IV
Upon completion of this course, the students’ English language skills advance to the degree that they are able to confidently express themselves in social and scholastic settings at a early college level. The reading selections offer a variety of genres and topics meant to encourage discussion. Students develop critical thinking skills and sharpen their skills in formulating ideas, expressing them and debating.
Through the readings, students become more familiar with college level content and course work. The topics discussed and researched are intended to prepare students for college level courses on the social sciences. These units set the foundation for understanding complex vocabulary and fostering classroom discussions. The course also teaches students to adjust their speaking and writing to perform at a college level. This includes debate, and presentation skills.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SPSV International program, Placement test. (Required).
*UC Approval pending.